Students will become acquainted with the basics of Christian theology and form a foundational understanding for theological reflection in the Orthodox Church with particular reference to the Coptic tradition. Key doctrinal themes will be explored, along with their exposition in contemporary liturgical practice.

Unit code: CT8610A (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate and justify an understanding of the nature and purpose of theology


Identify doctrinal themes in Coptic liturgical practice today and evaluate the relationship between these themes and Coptic liturgical texts


Critically evaluate key theological doctrines in light of ancient texts


Compare and contrast different theological viewpoints amongst two or more Christian traditions.


Lectures, classroom discussion, guided reading from set texts, additional reading resources and notes

Indicative Bibliography

  • Calivas, Alkiviadis C. Theology: The Conscience of the Church. Brookline, Mass: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2002.
  • Davis, Stephen J. Coptic Christology in Practice: Incarnation and Divine Participation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Florovsky, Georges. Collected Works of Georges Florovsky. Belmont, Mass: Nordland Pub. Co, 1972.
  • Gregorios, Bishop. Dogmatic Theology - ‘Lm Alahut Alaqydy. 2 vols. Cairo: Society of Bishop Gregorios 2005.
  • Lossky, Vladimir. Orthodox Theology: An Introduction Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1978.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction 5th ed. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2010.
  • Oden, Thomas C. Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology. New York: HarperOne, 2009.
  • Samuel, V. C. The Council of Chalcedon Re-Examined: A Historical and Theological Survey. Madras: Christian Literature Society for the Senate of Serampore College, 1977.
  • Tawadros, Maurice. Dogmatic Theology- ‘Lm Alahut Alaqydy. 2 vols. Cairo: Bishopric of Youth, 1991. (Arabic text)

    *** Note: Segments of Arabic texts will be translated by the lecturer


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay (3000 words)

3000 40.0

Essay (3000 words)

3000 40.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation 1000 word equiv

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 29 Jan, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-01-29 16:22:10 +1100